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one year photojournalism
one year commercial photography
Two year commercial photography
Udaan, through a combination of a vastly experienced faculty of professional photographers and a most intensive and varied syllabus, offers the one-year course in commercial photography. Its an ambitious learning programme, that brings all aspects of commercial photography, from people to product, from architectural to auto and industrial, into a single course. Apart from the very scientifically designed course content and theory, every instructor of Udaan (who are all also leading photography professionals) also bring their own style and practical knowledge to the course - a diversity that enriches the student's learning process and expands his or her horizon.

The course begins from the basics of photography and covers all aspects of commercial photography, including practical knowledge of assisting a mentor or running one's own show, to handling business and people, its a comprehensive commercial photography course that prepares the students for the professional world - to be able to break into the industry and make a place of their own.

Echoing the diversity of the faculty, the hands-on practical classes are held in different and real working environments . Udaan School of Photography has three separate studios/classrooms, a library, computer room etc.. The students often get to work and interact with actual professionals like food stylists, models, make-up artists and other advertising professionals, during their course -- exactly what a photographer has to deal with in the professional world.

Equipped with an effective portfolio and with the experience of having learnt in a mutli-studio environment during the course at Udaan, the students will be ready to step-out in the professional world with confidence and the Udaan edge.

The regular faculty of the Udaan consists of  Tarun Vachhar,  Bharat Mirchandani,  Bharat Lakhani, and Arko Datta. This is apart from several guest faculty and speakers comprising of leading photographers, art directors, artists etc.  Click here to learn more about our faculty.

The course begins in Mumbai from 9th September 2019. 


01) Foundation Course (one month)

a) Introduction to photography
b) Understanding photography as a profession - commercial/editorial/wildlife/Travel etc
c) Basic understanding of Documentary photography/photojournalism and commercial photography
and their relationship to each other. Using different styles.
d) Basic Photography (techniques and using camera creatively/understanding light)
e) Understanding digital photography workflow
f) Outdoor Photography / Nature and Landscape photography
g) Understanding all kinds of portraiture - editorial, studio/commercial, fine art etc
h) Basic Photoshop

02) Exploring Creativity (one month)

a) Photography as a fine art
b) Developing a creative eye
c) Artistic understanding of light and composition
c) Using camera to capture mood and emotions and as a tool to tell stories
e) Understanding Documentary photography/photojournalism
f) Understanding commercial photography and basics of artificial lighting
g) Basic types of artificial lights and light modifiers
h) Setting up lights for people photography
i) Natural light portraiture vs artificial light portraiture
j) Understanding flash photography
k) Combining different kinds of lights (natural/artificial, hot lights/electronic flash)
l) Advanced photoshop

03) Emerging technologies (one month)

a) DSLR Videography and editing and sound editing
b) Multimedia
c) Panorama and time lapse
d) Light Painting
e) Stereo Photography
f) HDR

04) Specialisation in Commercial Photography (nine months) *

a) Introduction to Commercial photography
b) Understanding artificial lights
c) In-depth understanding of types of lights and light modifiers
d) Technical mastery of complex equipment
e) Strobes and flash to achieve colour and composition, etc
f) Variety of lighting and camera techniques
g) Understanding and setting up your studio
h) Still life, food and product photography (with actual food stylists)
i) People Photography - portraits/fashion/glamour/beauty etc (with actual models, make-up artists etc)
j) Interior and Architectural photography (theory and on-location)
k) Post-Production, Adobe Photoshop, Digital illustrations, retouching and special effects.
l) Understanding the commercial photography industry
m) Working with people (Art directors/clients/modelling agencies/etc)
n) Studio management
o) Basic Accounting/Copyright laws/Contracts & Licensing /Negotiating fees/General business protocol
p) Projects - simulating actual work environment
q) Portfolio Development (and Resume writing)
r) Understanding professional goals, business plans, marketing tools and photography markets
s) Work review and strengthening areas of weaknesses
t) Online exhibition of student's work and display of portfolio of each student on individual webpages

* includes annual holidays for Diwali and Christmas.

The experienced faculty of Udaan brings to table, a melting pot of ideas and creativity that will enrich the student’s pursuit of photography.
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"Udaan" as the name suggests was an important tool in shaping the creative minds of all those who has the passion and zest for photography...Nisreen

"I finally found Udaan where I felt I can place my best bets with...Annoda

"Udaan: Great institute for Photography enthusiast, the place and it's course get even better...Hetal Prajodh

"I enjoyed the course immensely for a number of reasons...Rohan

"It is a perfect place to learn photography, especially if you are passionate about pursuing it as a career...Ishaaq Petiwala
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in Mumbai with a premise of over 10,000 square feet area, solely dedicated to photography. The regular faculty is vast
and comprises award winning photographers, including India’s first ever Pulitzer Prize nominee in Photography.
Added to it there have been many a
legend who have been visiting faculty
and guest speakers at Udaan. And most importantly the list of Udaan’s notable alumni is long and impressive.
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